September 11, 2018

The rock stars are in alignment — today, in my Twitter feed, the Daves are tweeting about vegetables.



I know the old saying, "Call any vegetable, and the chances are good that the vegetable will respond to you." But... tweet any vegetable, and what are the chances the vegetable will retweet?

35 comments:

Mike Sylwester said...

Okra is a very strange food, but it tastes surprisingly good.

Mix it into brown rice.

Ann Althouse said...

I was reading about okra, and I saw a word in the description, and I've never wanted to eat okra again.

The word was "mucilaginous."

Ann Althouse said...

That was about 40 years ago.

mezzrow said...

Rutabaga, rutabaga, rutabaga...

Okra. Get it fresh. Cut it across into 1/2 inch slices. Bread this with egg and corn meal. Fry in a cast iron skillet with some good bacon fat until brown and slightly crunchy.

Ambrosia.

The analogue for this that goes from the freezer to the fryolator is no substitute. Avoid.

rehajm said...

I like cupcakes better.

Sigivald said...

Call it by name?

(Okra is good, if prepared properly so it's not slimy.

Indian preparations can be excellent.)

Churchy LaFemme: said...

Your rock star Vega-Tables.

Christopher J Feola said...

Rutabaga is not a vegetable. Cabbage is a vegetable.

Fernandinande said...

Did you hear about the carrot who got hit by a car?

Fernandinande said...

They say he'll be a vegetable for the rest of his life.

Yancey Ward said...

Breaded deep fried okra is delicious! It was a staple of a local buffet restaurant here in Oak Ridge that closed down three years ago. There are several other preparations of it that I have had over the years that were quite tasty. Of course, the texture will be a turn off for a certain number of diners that can't be overcome.

Achilles said...

Vegetables are a trick.

We never ate them as a staple of our diet. They have never been available to us year round until the last few decades.

Too bad we ran out of giant ground sloths.

whitney said...

You don't have an okra tab. Is that because okra is disgusting. People are always talking about how they managed to prepare okra so its not slimy and they are always wrong

The Crack Emcee said...

"Tweet any vegetable, and what are the chances the vegetable will retweet?"

Have you seen who hangs out on Twitter? Those vegetables can't help themselves.

Fernandinande said...

A vegetable walks into a bar, and the bartender says

Fernandinande said...

"Sorry, we don't serve food."

Fernandinande said...

And the vegetable gets upset and says "But, but...I'm parsely! Nobody eats parsely!"

Fernandinande said...

We never ate [vegetables] as a staple of our diet.

The main problem is how to dispose of the wheelchairs.

Bay Area Guy said...

The Hippies were pretty much wrong about everything important, but they did have a few decent insights on food. It's good to grow and eat vegetables. You get less as you get older.

There's a lotta fat Americans. Remarkably, there's a lotta fat kids. I read somewhere that military has trouble meeting its quotas, because kids are so fat and out of shape.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Achilles said...

We never ate them as a staple of our diet. They have never been available to us year round until the last few decades.

I've seen this claim before, but is it actually true, from an evolutionary standpoint? Wasn't most of our evolutionary history spent in tropical/semi-tropical climates, where vegetables could be found year-round?

Hannio said...

My feeling about okra is encapsulated in "I'm so hungry I could eat okra." Both my kids loved pickled okra growing up, something that totally mystified me.

Infinite Monkeys said...

When I see "I like hot potatoes" I think of liking controversial issues, not actual hot potatoes. Who doesn't like freshly cooked potatoes? That's not even worth tweeting about. It would be like tweeting that he likes breathing.

Rocketeer said...

Okra, pickled or fried - yes!

daskol said...

I'll suffer mucilaginous over cartilaginous any day, especially if the dish is not excessively oleaginous..

buwaya said...

Okra and talong (eggplant) are ubiquitous in the Philippines.
They often grow wild. They are typical ingredients in the local cuisine.

However, okra and eggplant are remarkably un-nutritious, or just marginally so in providing vitamins, and not worth the trouble to cultivate for survival.

This was realized in WW2 during the food shortages.
Okra and eggplant could always be had, but were of little value as food.

Carter Wood said...

The album cover of Can's 1972 release, Ege Bamyasi, with can of Okraschoten.

In Germany, you can buy okra in Turkish markets.

Rick.T. said...

Sprinkle it with vinegar and salt like the Greeks do to minimize the slime.

The okra plant is related to hibiscus which you can see from the similarity of the flowers. Plant classification is all about sex.

madAsHell said...

Boiled potatos, and then our hostess uses the tag potatoes.

I'm checking dictionary.com, and the plural is shown as potatoes. I check the entry for the plural of tomato, and see tomatoes.

I'm thinking back to Dan Quayle, and his potato moment. I thought the lesson we all learned was potatos, and tomatoes. Hell, even the embedded spell checker is calling for potatoes, and tomatoes.

Imagine the horror of Dan Quayle updating the language.

The science is settled!!

Big Mike said...

Okra. Get it fresh. Cut it across into 1/2 inch slices. Bread this with egg and corn meal. Fry in a cast iron skillet with some good bacon fat until brown and slightly crunchy.

Wife prepared it just this way, except she used an aluminum frying pan instead of cast iron and cooking oil instead of bacon fat. First time we ever had okra and it was good.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

So just yesterday Terry Gross has on Jose Andreas, and asks him whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. And he hems and haws and finally says "it's a fruit."

Well, of course it is. It's a fruit if it's near the top of the plant and has seeds. It's a vegetable if what you're eating is leaves or stalks or the like. I'm not sure where potatoes fall in here -- probably with the other rhizomes, so, vegetable. This BS about fruits being sweet and veggies being bitter has to stop!

Ann Althouse said...

"Boiled potatos, and then our hostess uses the tag potatoes."

The Kinks were not known for correct spelling, e.g. "The Kink Kontroversy," one of my all-time favorite albums.

madAsHell said...

I'm thinking back to Dan Quayle

I had to look up Dan Quayle's potato story. It had nothing to do with the plural.

Bill Peschel said...

Ignorance Is Bliss asks if were naturally vegetarian or meat-eaters.

According to our teeth, we're omnivores. We can bite meat off the bone and crush vegetable and fruits with our molars.

Paleontologists look at the teeth on primate fossils to determine where they fall on our family tree.

The book about Lucy, the Austrolopithicus Afaricanus, went into great detail about teeth as part of the argument over where she could be slotted.

(Longer answer lost thanks to Blogger @#$@%&ing up.)

Achilles said...

Bill Peschel said...

According to our teeth, we're omnivores. We can bite meat off the bone and crush vegetable and fruits with our molars.

Paleontologists look at the teeth on primate fossils to determine where they fall on our family tree.



When you eat a steak, what teeth do you use to chew it? Particularly if it is cooked past rare. i.e. too much. Nobody sits there chewing steak in the front of their mouth.

Molars are used to chew meat more than they are used to chew vegetables. Do you even really need to chew a salad? An orange? An Apple? No. You chew meat.

Fruits and vegetables are sugar and water with some cellulose holding it together. Once you squish the sugar water out the rest is kinda gross but doesn't take much to get it to the point you can swallow it.

Larger teeth are for catching and killing food, not eating it.

Once we stopped using teeth to catch food we developed them for mastication and predigestion.

People just accept things about diet without actually thinking about them.

Think a bit about how you eat and what you use your teeth for. Don't take for granted some pinhead writing a paper trying to get grants from the government. We are occasionally omnivores because we ran out of giant ground sloths and mammoths were scary.

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